Antifa Violence Causing Liberals And Moderates To Team Up Against Them
Anchor for KTVU News, Frank Somerville was covering the Berkeley and Bay Area protests over the weekend and saw firsthand and likely for the first time, the violence that the al-left Antifa members cause. Not only of them beating a 16 year old boy and his father in the streets, notably of the black clad communists beating journalists over the head with sticks or pepper spraying women, but this time the ISIS-esque thugs threatening him.
Somerville starts off by saying he would get ‘crucified’ for posting this, which is likely why he deleted it after it received over 10,000 shares. He says that the people in all black were chanting about no hate while also beating people down who didn’t agree with their views.
Since somerville deleted the Facebook post, we have pasted his statements below about what he experienced at Civic Center Park in Berkeley, California. What used to be the home of free speech.
I experienced hate first hand today.
It came from these people dressed in all black at a protest in Berkeley.
Ironically they were all chanting about NO hate.
Some had shields and gloves.
Some had helmets.
Some had gas masks.
I was watching them and taking it all in.
I came there on my own time.
Because I wanted to see things first hand.
I was dressed in shorts and a tank top.
At one point I took out my phone to take a picture.
And that’s when it all happened.
(And just to be clear they were playing for the cameras in front but I was toward the back. And since there were already so many people taking their picture I didn’t think it would be an issue.)
I took these two pictures and afterward they started screaming at me.
I thought for sure they were going to attack.
I was just waiting for it.
But I stayed calm even though I thought this may not end well for me.
Here’s how the conversation went.
And as you’re reading this keep in mind that they were yelling at me and their words were filled with venom, anger, hate and intolerance.
There’s just no other way to describe it.
I was stunned.
Hey! No pictures or we’ll take your phone!!!
(At that point I’d already taken these shots)
Me (In calm voice):
You’re on public property and I can take a picture if I want to.
Oh so you’re a big man with a camera?
No I just wanted to take a picture and talk with you.
Them (rushing toward me):
We outnumber you and we will take your camera!
You’re not going to take my camera and you’re not going to tell me what to do.
Why can’t we just have a respectful conversation.
(I then touched one of them on her hand to say it’s okay I just want to talk)
Don’t touch me!!
I’m not trying to do anything.
I just want to try to understand and have a respectful conversation.
We’ll block your shot!!!
All I wanted to do was have a conversation.
Now is not the time.
(In fairness he was the one person who was respectful)
Then as I started to walk away a woman started screaming at me saying:
We’re not interested in talking to you!!
We’re not interested in talking to you!!
I walked away stunned.
I grew up in Berkeley.
I marched in anti-war protests during the sixties.
Its one thing to read about HATE
It’s another thing to be right next to it.
In my opinion, these people dressed in black are just as hateful and intolerant as the people they are protesting against.
Afterward I was talking to several other protesters.
(Not dressed in black)
One of them actually stood up for me as the people dressed in black were threatening me.
I was touched.
They were just as disappointed as I was.
They said that the people dressed in black represent a small minority and that they “hijack” the protests.
And I agree.
MOST of the people out there today in Berkeley were non-violent.
They were there for the cause.
They just wanted to come out and stand up against hate.
I totally support them.
But I do not support extremists, whether they are on the right or the left.
Hate is hate.
And I experienced it first hand today.
It was sad to see.
He included threw photos as well that he too and added along with the Facebook post. The photos he included are not anything compared to the hundreds of videos going around about the event. Police stood down once again as soon as the Antifa members arrived. Chaos immediately ensued shortly there after.